Braised Lamb with Herb-Scented Jus

Photo: Fredrika Stjärne

At Haven's Kitchen, this tender braised leg of lamb might be served at a private dinner party. Chef David Mawhinny then sandwiches any extra meat and meat juices with pickled vegetables and focaccia for lunch.

Yield: 8
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Recipe Time

Active: 30 Minutes
Total: 4 Hours


Ingredients

  • 1 (large) onion, quartered
  • 1 leek, halved lengthwise
  • 1 fennel bulb, quartered
  • 1 (large) carrot, quartered
  • 1 head garlic, halved horizontally
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 3 sprigs parsley
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 (8 pounds) semi-boneless leg of lamb, aitch bone removed
  • Salt
  • 2 quarts chicken stock or low-sodium broth

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 500°. In a roasting pan that's large enough to hold the lamb, spread out the vegetables, herbs and peppercorns. Season the lamb generously with salt. Set the lamb on top of the vegetables and roast for about 25 minutes, until the lamb is lightly browned.
  2. Add the stock to the pan and cover the pan with foil. Reduce the oven temperature to 300° and braise the lamb for 2 hours. Uncover the lamb and cook for 1 hour longer, until deeply browned on top and the meat is very tender. Let the lamb rest in the juices for 15 minutes, then transfer it to a carving board. Strain the cooking juices, discarding the solids, and spoon off the fat. Slice the lamb 1/4 inch thick and serve with some of the cooking juices.
Note: Leftover Idea: Lamb Sandwich. Layer hot, reheated slices of the roast lamb between thickly sliced focaccia and brush with a little more of the cooking juices. Top the lamb with your favorite pickles, close the sandwich and serve.
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